Feds: Waterbury man sentenced in drug trafficking operation
WATERBURY — A city man, who fled to the Dominican Republic while out on bond on federal charges, will serve five years in prison for his role in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy dating back to 2018, according to federal authorities.
A judge sentenced Joevanny Vicente, 34, last week to 60 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release.
In 2018, law enforcement identified Vicente as a “broker of kilogram-quantity cocaine transactions,” a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham said.
Vicente was arrested on Sept. 10, 2018, after authorities say he delivered 2 kilograms of cocaine to another person in Waterbury.
After a grand jury indictment on the case, Vicente was released on a $100,000 bond on Nov. 13, 2018.
The bond was co-signed by two individuals and secured by a residential property on York Street that Vicente owned.
“Vicente subsequently fled to the Dominican Republic,” authorities said.
He was arrested in Puerto Rico on March 5, 2019, after he traveled there to visit his son, according to authorities. He has been detained since his arrest.
On Feb. 1, 2019, a federal judge ordered Vicente’s bond and his York Street property forfeited.
Vicente pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, 500 grams or more of cocaine.